As the oldest functioning port in the Western Hemisphere, the port of Boston serves as the maritime hub for all of New England with over 50,000 jobs created for local shipping, docking, and fishing industries. If you’re involved in these industries and experience an accident, maritime attorney Dennis O’Bryan has the experience and knowledge necessary to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.*
Due to the large amount of water taken up by the Port of Boston – more than a quarter of Boston’s landmass is taken up by usable water – the increase in traffic can increase the risk of accidents both commercial and recreational, as well as the potential for on-board accidents such as slips and falls, malfunctioning equipment, falling overboard or injury/illness from engine fumes. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has reported that the majority of fishing boat accidents occur in the northeastern US, mostly around Boston where fishermen are 37 times more likely to die on the job than a police officer.
Many major international shipping companies such as China Ocean Shipping Co. and K Line America call Boston home thanks to its proximity to many major American waterways, as well as its access to the Atlantic Ocean to facilitate overseas shipping. Additionally, the fishing industry in Boston is second only to Alaska, and plays so heavily into America’s commercial fishing that the government’s National Marine Fisheries Services office calls Boston its home.
The vast waterways of Boston provide plenty of opportunity for recreational boating, as well. Being connected to the Atlantic Ocean gives you the chance to tour the port and view the wide selection of marine life such as great whales. Many companies will offer boat rentals for kayaks, canoes, and more, and will provide guided tours at all times of the day. Perhaps most famously, Boston offers Duck Boat Tours wherein you take a tour of the city’s waterways and landmarks on a “DUCK,” an amphibious boat/truck hybrid used in World War II, serving as a huge tourist attraction.
No matter how you spend your time on Boston’s waterways, you may find yourself in need of a tough and experienced maritime lawyer. The law firm of O’Bryan Baun Karamanian is willing to travel when needed to get the information necessary to win your case and get you the compensation you deserve. If you find yourself injured on the waters of Boston, call us at 1-800-OBRYANS.
*In those federal district courts in which Dennis M. O’Bryan is not generally admitted to practice, such as Boston, he gains admission pro hac vice, on a case by case basis, by securing the sponsorship of a reputable local attorney. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, where his office is located.